“I decided to forgive those who tortured me -during 7 days-, but with forgiveness comes action,” he said. “We have to help the people that are suffering for their beliefs". Born into a prominent Muslim family in Cairo, El Shafie seemed destined to go into law. His father and brother are successful attorneys and an uncle serves as a judge on a high court. “When you’re born into a family like this, you have lots of books on law, justice and freedom,” he said.
While studying law in Alexandria, El Shafie was shocked to see the harsh treatment of Christians. Building churches is illegal in Egypt, he said, and Christians are treated worse than second-class citizens. Struck by this intolerance, El Shafie began studying the Bible. In 1998, when he was about 20, he converted to Christianity and organized an underground congregation that attracted 24,000 worshippers within two years. It was literally an underground church, worshipping in caves near the outskirts of the city.
El Shafie ran afoul of the Egyptian government when he appealed for equal rights for Christians. He also took issue with the harsh teachings of the Koran, which the government used to justify persecuting Christians.
Caves, secrets, persecution, torture,... it reminds me of the Roman Empire. And, by the way, this man is a martyr, no those ones that make themselves explode in a market filled of people.
And this day I have learnt of the new decision of the European Union: they are going to make priests marry homosexual partners (wow, that is freedom...) and have told Spain to drop the tax exention to the Catholic Church -which has that as an organisation that works not for winning or earning money... and it's basicly different from the famous "X" in the Personal Tax Declaration- Looks like we are going to the catacombs again... Ooh, and the most important problem that we have now in Europe is that the priests do not marry homosexuals.